Your wedding is finally happening! You’ve set a date. Chosen a venue. Picked a caterer. The next step is to send save the date cards. But you don’t know how to go about that. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below, we discuss save the date etiquette, and how you can craft the perfect cards for your big day.
Do I Need to Send Save the Dates?
In short, no. Whether you send save the dates or not is entirely your choice. However, we would recommend sending these cards to your guests for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it sends a physical reminder to them so that they can put the wedding date in their calendars immediately. Secondly, it gives them time to plan. If you’re having a destination wedding, sorting out travel and accommodation plans can take a while. Even if they live nearby, this still gives them a heads-up so that they know not to book anything else on that date. Failing to send save the dates can mean your guests might not be able to attend your wedding if they have prior commitments (or, god forbid, another wedding they need to attend). At Penny Lane Stationery, we have a huge collection of beautiful, DIY save the dates. Browse them here.
When Should I Send Save the Dates?
There’s no specific rule for this one but general guidelines say you should send save the dates:
- 6-8 months in advance for a local wedding,
- 8-12 months in advance for interstate weddings,
- 12-18 months for international weddings.
This gives your guests plenty of time to plan, particularly if they need to sort out travel and accommodation, and means that they won’t book something else on the same date.
What Should I Put on my Save the Date Cards?
You should include the names of the couple getting married, the date, location (even if the venue isn’t booked yet, a town or city is useful), and who is invited. It is very important to be clear about who you are inviting on your save the date to prevent assumptions. If you’re not careful, an invitation for two might turn into an invite for the kids, the cousins, the dog, and their great aunt Tessie! Of course, this is an extreme scenario but you get the point. Though save the dates don’t always include who is invited on the card itself, you can always put the names of the guests on the envelope instead.
Feel free to browse our collection of printable save the date cards here!